A momentous collection from the author of Brooklyn Antediluvian, winner of the 2017 Lenore Marshall Prize from Academy of American Poets
For nearly two decades, Patrick Rosal has been one of the most beloved and admired poets in the United States, bringing together the most dynamic aspects of literary and performance poetry. The son of Filipino immigrants (his father was a lapsed Catholic priest), he has made a life of bridging worlds—literary, ethnic, national, spiritual—through his poetry, and has been recognized with some of the highest honors and countless devoted readers. The Last Thing: New & Selected Poems, gives us a substantial playlist of new work—hard-hitting and big-hearted—along with ample selections from his first four books. Bursting with music, infused with love and awe, this is essential reading from a poet of vigor and conscience.
About the Author
Patrick Rosal is an interdisciplinary artist and author of four previous books, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. He earned fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Senior Research Program. He is Professor of English and inaugural Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers-Camden.
Rosal’s poems careen & hum & beg to be read aloud. His lines
are a mixture of inheritance and innovation, seeds sown in the margins
of a system we were never meant to survive. He writes, ‘the sounds I
have made change the space that encloses me.’ I read these poems aloud
to change the air in my room, to alter my mood. What a gift to be
reminded of the capacity for song in every breath. — Jamila Woods